As the stars congregate at the Royal Albert Hall under the stewardship of host Joanna Lumley, find out who is going home with the masks
Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the 2019 Bafta awards. And, let me tell you, this is going to be something special. For years the Baftas have been written off as the Oscars’ poor cousin, but that ends today.
Who’s hosting the Baftas? Joanna Lumley. Who’s hosting the Oscars? Nobody. How long will the Baftas last? A brief two hours. How long will the Oscars last? Probably upwards of a week. What’s the time delay between the Baftas ceremony and broadcast? Two hours, so you may as well skip the show and look up the results online. What’s the time delay between the Oscars ceremony and the broadcast? There isn’t one, so you have to watch the whole thing as it happens, like a schmo. See? The Baftas are the clear winner.
Here’s how tonight will work: in a moment, Scarlett Conlon and Leah Harper will take you through the various red carpet looks. Then at 6.45pm I’ll be back until the BBC broadcast begins at 9pm. And then I’ll liveblog that. Essentially, if you like reading reports of awkward award-show banter, this is where you’ll want to be.
Baftas 2019: the red carpet, the ceremony and the winners – live!